This morning I did the first "run" in the Couch-to-5K program. Not that I have any particular desire to run a 5K, mind you, but it seemed like a good jumpstart to my Fit by 50 program.
Doesn't "Fit by 50" sounds like an official thing? It's just a phrase coined by a colleague of mine, who is almost exactly my age; I'm turning 49 this summer, and things are looking grim. I've gained weight, my hips ache, I get winded really easily -- it's not good. (My colleague and I are also almost exactly Anderson Cooper's age -- he turned 49 today -- and we may as well admit that he looks a lot better than either of us does.)
I've been weight lifting with some regularity for a couple of years now, and I'm fairly pleased with my strength, so that's one thing that I've got going for me. But I need to work on flexibility and cardio health. Fortunately, I actually have a year before I turn 50, which seems like enough time to make some changes that will help my joints, my cardiopulmonary health, and all the other elements that make up one's overall health. And this summer is when that project begins.
Unfortunately, you know that Henry Ford quotation, "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right"? Well, I'm starting this summer fitness project feeling rather doubtful that I can do it. I'm not sure why I'm lacking in confidence; maybe it's because I've tried and failed enough times before.
So my summer plan is to just fake it until I make it. I mean, I did actually do the workout this morning.